Cannes Director Talks Record Number Of Female Filmmakers This Year & The Problem With Achieving Gender Parity

The Playlist | 4/19/2019 | Charles Barfield
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The Cannes Film Festival is seen, by many at least, as the standard-bearer for this sort of event. For decades, the pinnacle of film festival achievement was screening at the French festival. However, in recent years, Cannes has found itself falling behind other festivals in a number of areas, particularly in the realm of female representation. That’s why Cannes director Thierry Fremaux is happy to talk about the 2019 lineup and how the festival has selected a record number of female filmmakers (13, in fact) to screen projects.

Speaking to Variety, the topic of female representation was brought up, with Fremaux discussing the difficulty of achieving gender parity in the prestigious event.

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“I believe that in previous years, that number [of female filmmakers] never exceeded 10,” Fremaux said. “But I continue to find it difficult to consider films based on gender. There are as many different kinds of films directed by women as by men. Justine Triet’s film, ‘Sybil,’ which tells the existential crisis of a woman, could have been made differently by a man, but I’m a supporter of having women filmmakers express a certain artistic, creative and feminine sensibility. Some things are purely feminine.”

When asked about the potential for gender parity in the future of the film festival, the Cannes boss is quick to say that change has to start way before a...
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